Electric Radiators Blog

You may think that there isn't much to say about electric radiators, but you're wrong. If you're looking for information about electric elements, fused spurs, backboxes, dual fuel radiators, Chrome radiators, Anthracite radiators, or anything like this, then this blog should give you what you need. This blog is produced by your friendly, helpful fellows at Trade Plumbing.

Monday, September 22, 2008

All installations should be carried out by a suitably competent professional, such as a Corgi-Registered Plumber or qualified electrician. All you need to do is ask your plumber or electrician to install the element and connect it up to the mains.

Towel Rail Electric Elements

Tested and proved suitable for Bathroom electrical equipment IP54

As the price of electricity and gas increases, you may wish to look for ways to obtain the greatest efficiency out of your rail. There are other items you may like to consider:

Thermostatic Electric Heating Element

Once this rail reaches the temperature you set, it will stop drawing current, until your rail temperature returns to below the temperature set.

MEG Thermostatic Electric Heating Element

This is a digital version of the Thermostatic Element. Rather than an analogue dial, you will see a digital display of your set temperature.

Fused Spur & Back Box

This is one of the only approved electrical switches for bathrooms. It will allow you to control the electricity supply to your towel rail.

24 HR Analogue Timer in line

If you get up at the same time every day of the week, you can make sure your bathroom is warm and your towels dry before you step in the bath or shower.

7 Day Analogue Timer In line

If you get up at different times during the week, you can schedule your towel rail to come on at a time convenient to you.

Digital Timer in line

You can store up to seven days of settings in a digital format.


We use this equipment when you decide to fit an electric element in a centrally-heated towel rail. It allows you to still have a flow of water from your central heating system, but also makes room for an electric element. We recommend that you buy a second one for aesthetic purposes. It makes the rail look balanced.

You may think that the only deciding factors for the Curved and Flat rails is to do with personal taste, but it goes further than that. From experience, we have noted that the flat ones fit behind doors better, so if you’re pushed for wall space in your bathroom, this may be the best option. We have also found that the curved rails can fit more towels on them – ideal for a busy family bathroom.

Instructions for Electric Towel Rail Element installation.

Make sure that you have the right tools to hand, plenty of space and clean dry area for assembly

Warning: Because of extra danger presented by the presence of water in a bathroom or kitchen the BS approved IE Spur outlet (and towel radiator) must be sited so that it is not possible to touch either when using the basin, shower or bath (refer to BS7671 Wiring Regulations 16th Edition).

The element must be fitted before mounting the towel radiator onto the wall

Remove 1 transit plugs from the bottom of the towel radiator making sure the rail is upright and sturdy.

Insert the electric heating element (A) into the chosen side of the towel radiator and tighten it into place using a 22mm spanner.

Slide the cover over the element cable and push firmly to secure on bottom of the element.

Follow towel radiator fitting instructions for securing to wall.

Connect the element to the mains power using BS IE Spur socket. If in doubt contact a qualified electrician.

Switch on the socket to heat the towel radiator. When the operating temperature has been reached, purge excess air from the towel radiator using the air vent.

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